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APHASIA IS A REALITY!!

LIFE AFTER A STROKE

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Becky Forbis
Member
Female
About Me

My stroke was Novemer 2, 2011.  I was left paralized on my right side.  With a lot of hard work and determination, I have regained the mobility and can walk without assistance.  However, the Aphasia, I suffer with everyday.


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Speaking


Bill Blodgety
Member
Male
About Me
I suffer my stroke 6 years ago. I was lucky I was in the gym when I had my stroke.
If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Physical


Bill Connors
Member
Male
70 years old
About Me

I am an aphasia therapist and founder of www.aphasiatoolbox.com.  I will be presenting in Windsor to speech therapists in May and at the International Aphasia Conference in June in Montreal.  



Bob Miller
Member
Male
65 years old
About Me

Hi I had a major hemorrhagic stroke in Oct. 2006 that affected my left side. I was making great strides until I had a second stroke in March 2010. The last one is where I was affected with aphasia though I am recovering very well..

I created a stroke support site in 2008 called Strokes Suck

Our Facebook groups are our main page, Strokes Suck UK, Strokes Suck Canada, and our Caregiver page.


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Physical.


Brian Garner, Music Therapist Accredited
Member
Male
66 years old
About Me

I am a self-employed, professional Music Therapist Accredited living in Guelph.

I am also an Organist/ Choirmaster at a local Church.

My music therapy practice, 2NS4U MUSIC THERAPY SERVICES, takes me from Guelph to Elmira and Stoney Creek. In these locations and others in between I am working mostly with seniors, dealing with the challenges presented by physical, mental and geriatric disabilities.   I do also work with a number of people with Developmental Disabilities or physical or mental health disabilities.

 I studied Music Therapy at the University of Windsor, interned in New York. I have worked in Southwestern Ontario and this area for a number of years. For seven years, from 1999 to 2006 I worked in Richmond, Texas where I was a Music Therapist and the Music Therapy Coordinator as well as being the Chair of the Cultural Arts Programme Series.

I held organist/ choir director positions in Churches in both New York and Richmond, Texas, twenty-five miles south west of Houston.


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

speaking


Brian Mullins
Member
Male
50 years old
About Me

I am a video/photojournalist, and while I have never suffered a stroke, I have been personally affected by a few who have.  I need to know more about the recovery process and how to be a better friend to stroke survivors.



CFaith23
Member
Female

CaitD
Member
Female
About Me

In 2007 my Opa had a massive stroke. He was completely numb on the left side of his body and lost his speech completely. Eventually his speech came back, but he is still numb on his left side. He is currently being looked after at a long-term care facility.

His stroke was not only a huge impact on him, but a huge impact on me and my family. It took us all by surprise; but then again, you can't really prepare for these things. My Opa survived, but his quality of life has taken a dive. It breaks my heart every day.

Some people bounce back from strokes, some almost completely. My Opa wasn't so lucky. My heart goes out to all the families who have been affected by a stroke.



Cathy
Member
Female

Chayphonie
Member
Female

Connie
Member
Female
58 years old
About Me

I am the parent of a 21 year old stroke survivor. Our daughter sufered a massive left cerebral artery stroke in June 2010. After a year of instense physical, occupational and speech therapy, her biggest obstacle is her speech. She has aphasia and apraxia. Prior to her stroke, she was very healthy, athletic and a professional snowboard instructor in B.C. Her stroke has been confirmed as the result of using of birth control pills.

Throughout the past year, her positive attitude and determination to be an Olympic snowboarder, have played an important role in her recovery. To look at her, most people would not notice she had a stroke, until she begins to talk. To a person who had a gift to talk sincerely with anyone, her lack of speech is very evident. Sometimes she can get out what she wants, but often words are missing or do not come out as she would like. Aphasia is sometimes worse than a physical disability, people do not understand and can be very impatient. Especially for a young beautiful person, they think she is on some type of drug or just giving them a hard time. The public needs to be made more aware of these horrible invisible disabilities called aphasia and apraxia.


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

speck


DGH
Member
Male
About Me




Diana Secasan
Member
Female
About Me

Teacher


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

My dear mother died ... because of a massive stroke in 1998, she was just 60 years old with a lot of dreams and her heart was bigger than life. Since then, my world was drifted away and that question why remains continuously in my mind...why Mama


Frank Austin
Site Owner
Male
About Me


Frank Austin/Founder
Member
Male
51 years old
About Me

If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

speak and write


Gary Gray
Member
Male
About Me

stroke survivor since 2002

I'm NOT the fastest turtle on the beach :P

I am on Facebook: Please "Friend" me

www.facebook.com/garydotgray 

Please "Like" my Facebook pages

www.facebook.com/stroke.survivor

www.facebook.com/mylifeafterstroke

Thanks! :)



If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

lost speak, got it back. Lost physical still working to recover


Joe Kukk
Member
Male
69 years old
About Me

Had my stroke 6 1/2 years ago while driving. I also have aphasia as well as hemianopsia. It took 3 to 4 years to be able to speak properly. My cognition is impared and I cant figure out how to do some things. Used to love reading but now it is hard and a chore now. The fun of reading is gone.

My support group was my wife, my sister and my daughter in-law from Dartmouth N.S. They gave lessons every day. How to tell time, readind etc. My wife also nagged Freeport Hospital until I got into their program. It was very good. My wife tells me that I am 90% normal and she is happy with that.

Joe Kukk


If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

Speaking, reading


John
Member
Male

Judie
Member
Female
70 years old
About Me

I had a very massive stroke on June 17th ,2011, but was lucky enough to receive the magic drug to dissolve the clot. By the next day I was much like my old self, but they discovered a second clot and I spent almost 2 weeks in hospital.

I am much better now than when I came home, but I still seem to be weak, tired and have trouble speaking when I am stressed or tired.

I didn't drive for well over a year, and then hurt my knee and have just started driving again, but only around town, not to the city.

My husband Bob saved my life by recognizing my stroke and getting fast help, and my kids and grandgirls have been super supportive, as well as my 3 best friends and my family.I am so very lucky to have so much support.



If you had a stroke, what is harder, speak or physical...

both are hard


KC
Member
Female
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